Anti Fascism,  Israel/Palestine

Quinn Protests: I’m talking about Zionists, not Jews

Quinn has responded: He claims that he has no time for David Duke and has had his piece removed from Duke’s site

Then he goes on to:

  • Emphasise that he has nothing against Jews: indeed,  some of his best friends are Jewish;
  • Repeat his claims about ‘Israeli’ control of the media (backed up with a reference to Mearsheimer and Walt) and ‘Israeli’ control of Washington;
  • Protest that he and Delich have been ‘smeared’ as anti-semitic, simply for telling it like it is.

Now, here’s a challenge.

Evidently, there are a lot of people out there, some of whom think of themselves as anti-racists, who – like Delich – read Quinn’s article on David Duke’s site, agreed with its content, and concluded that Quinn was not a racist.

Having read Quinn’s response, which of you still think that this is so? Who among you believes that ‘criticism of Israel cannot be anti-semitic’: and that this is not anti-semitism?

This really is an important test. It seems to me that what Quinn is doing is crystal-clear. He is recycling and promoting long standing ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion’ theories about Jewish control of other countries and simply applying them, wholesale, to ‘Israeli oligarchs’, Zionists, and Israel itself.

If there is a significant number of people out there who think of themselves as Left wing and anti-racists, and who genuinely believe that Quinn is not, in fact, a racist conspiracy theorist, then that is very telling.